Archdiocese Continues Fundraising Efforts to Rebuild Saint Nicholas Church

The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America remains committed to rebuild the Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine at The World Trade Center in New York, and continues fundraising efforts.

According to the Archdiocese official website, financial difficulties have led to the suspension of works. However, the Archdiocese is confident that construction will recommence in the very near future and has been assured by Skanska, the construction company that is  building the church.

During the temporary suspension of construction, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) and BakerHostetler LLP have been retained to conduct an independent investigation of the rebuilding of Saint Nicholas.

These firms will report to an independent committee.  In addition, the Archdiocese will reevaluate its fundraising strategy and will continue to explore ways to cut costs, concurrently maintaining the historic vision of the church.

Even though construction will be temporarily suspended at the site in New York, development of integral aspects of the design and construction will continue in other places.

The skylights in the dome are being constructed, as are parts of the marble and glass fused curtain-wall and lighting system that will encase the church and provide the glowing effect at night.

Iconography is also currently being developed at Xenophontos Monastery on Mount Athos, the official Archdiocese website says.